The Navy will acquire 24 Russian fighter decked MiG-29K/KUB. On this, as reported by "Interfax", said the CEO of the RAC "MiG" Sergei Korotkov. According to him, all necessary for the transaction documents have been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the contract may be signed in August 2011, most likely during the MAKS-2011 in Zhukovsky.
In April 2010 it was reported that the Navy will acquire 26 deck-based fighters MiG-29K, which will be based on the "Admiral Kuznetsov" aircraft carrier single, standing on the arms of Russia. In the long term MiG-29K/KUB and Su-33 will form the basis of the park deck fighters. The service life of the Su-33, has taken on the Russian armament of naval aviation, will expire in 2015, but it is planned to extend until 2025.
Buying a new aircraft will be carried out within the framework of Russian state armaments program for 2011-2020, the amount of funding which will be about 20 trillion rubles. Meanwhile, in 2012 to begin the modernization of aircraft carrier "Admiral Kuznetsov", renovated ship will return to the fleet in 2017. As part of the modernization of the aircraft carrier will be completely replaced weapons systems and avionics. Exactly where for six years, will be based aircraft assigned to the aircraft carrier, is still unknown.
MiG-29K is a versatile fighter and can be based on aircraft carriers displacing 28,000 tons. The aircraft is capable of speeds up to 2.2 thousand kilometers per hour and to fly a distance of 1.5 thousand kilometers. MiG-29K fighters armed with 30-millimeter cannon and has seven points of suspension for control and anti-anti-radar missiles, missiles "air-to-air" and guided bombs. Serial production of the aircraft started in Mar. 2008.